San Diego, California, USA

San Diego is California's second largest city, relatively free from smog and overbuilt freeways, is set around a gracefully curving bay, where blue skies keep watch over this 70 miles of majestic and pristine coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe all its own.

 Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east and Mexico to the south, San Diego offers endless opportunities for exploration and activities.

My view of San Diego from the top deck on a cruise ship

Although it was the site of the first mission in California, San Diego only really took off with the arrival of the Santa Fé Railroad in the 1880s, and has long been in the shadow of Los Angeles. However, during World War II the US Navy made San Diego its Pacific Command Center, and the military continues to dominate the local economy, alongside tourism.

If San Diego is known for one thing, it would be for the gorgeous long white beaches, sunny weather, and bronzed bodies give rise to the city's well-deserved nickname, "Sandy Ego."
With all year-around sunshine and mild temperatures, you can enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year. From expansive sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs and tide pools, the beaches in San Diego are as varied as the California beach towns that were built around them.

A plethora of options await for recreation on the water; from fishing, sailing and jet-skiing, scuba diving to surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kite boarding. On land, explorers can enjoy gorgeous hikes in the desert or a trek up mountains to take in beautiful views, tour the terrain on horseback or on a mountain bike, or enjoy the lush greens of the many golf courses spotted throughout the region.
San Diego has unlimited outdoor recreation, a thriving arts and culture community, lots sightseeing, bird and whale watch tours and award-winning restaurants, you’re sure to find a host of things to entertain and inspire you.

Things to do and see:

San Diego Zoo. An urban paradise for all ages. A tropical oasis with amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, tigers, sun bears, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of para dise, giant tortoises, leopards and lot more. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper presentations. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park. One of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast, is dedicated to preserve its namesake, the Torrey Pine tree and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment. A coastal wilderness of pine forests and sandstone canyons, the park offers hiking trails that wind their way along the cliffs, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Flower fields in Carlsbad. Enjoy a spectacle of wild desert blooms or walk a rainbow of colours at the fields of Carlsbad. No matter what time of the year, there's always a garden in bloom in San Diego.

Balboa Park. Often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West", this is the largest urban park with cultural institutions in the United States. Fifteen museums cover topics including anthropology, art, aviation, natural science and technology.

Old Town San Diego. Considered the "birth place" of California, it gives visitors a glimpse into colonial life in San Diego from 1821 to 1872. Mixed among award-winning restaurants and lots of shops, you will find historical sites and museums, many with free admission.

LEGOLAND California Resort. It's a hands-on experience with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. It's home to LEGOLAND Water Park, Sea Life Aquarium and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park.

Aquatica San Diego. A Sea World water park, which features exciting water slides, a sandy beach and close-up animal encounters.

San Diego enjoys beautiful weather all year round with an average daily temperature 22º C.


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